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The Asthenic Syndrome

November 24 at 4:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall  

Hailed by critics as “an apocalyptic fresco,” Kira Muratova’s The Asthenic Syndrome was brilliantly conceived and executed in two parts. The first, in black and white, is a film-within-a-film about a widow who rails against the world. The second (in color) is ostensibly the story of a failed writer stifled by the dull routines of his mindless milieu. Yet the film is much more—and Muratova supplies many absurdist sequences with crushing irony. Interestingly, it was the only Soviet film banned during the liberal glasnost era. “My country had reached bankruptcy and there was nowhere else for it to go. Everything had to burst.” (Kira Muratova, 1989, subtitles, 153 minutes)

courtesy Dovzhenko Centre

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